Everyone knows that families have their baggage — naturally, we can have some problematic histories and moments with the people we’ve known the longest. Part of being in a family means accepting that there will be good times and bad times. But do you ever feel like you and your family tiptoe around the emotional elephant in the room?
Families can deal with issues for years and never talk about them. The longer an issue builds up, the harder it can feel to start the conversation. You might want to speak openly and honestly, but you also might be terrified of disrupting the peace. Or you might not even know how to begin unpacking years of emotional buildup.
Luckily, there are mental health professionals who specialize in helping families work through their issues. At Thriveworks in Grand Prairie, TX, our licensed family therapists and counselors can help you and your family identify and work through the problems you’re facing. We create a judgment-free environment for conversation designed to improve family relationships by bringing families to a place of closeness and understanding. Schedule an appointment today by calling our office or using our convenient online scheduling tool.
Should We Consider Family Therapy?
Some people hesitate to pursue therapy or counseling because every family deals with problems — so why bother? Sometimes, families have trouble knowing how to deal with their issues, so they ignore the problem and let it fester. However, avoiding problems won’t make them go away. Most of the time, it only makes them worse.
Family therapists and counselors can help families work through their problems, from new, small arguments to major, long-standing issues. Mental health professionals are trained in tackling a wide variety of issues faced by families, including:
- Strained relationships
- Sibling rivalries
- Financial difficulties
- Communication struggles
- Child behavioral problems
- Loss or grief
- Major life changes
- Divorce or separation
- Constant bickering
- Mental illness
- Chronic physical illness
- Breakdowns in trust
If you don’t see the issues your family is dealing with above, that’s okay too. This list is not intended to be comprehensive, and we encourage you to reach out even if you’re dealing with something else entirely.
We understand that talking about these issues can be difficult. As such, it’s possible that not every member of a family will be receptive to working with a professional. It’s normal for family members to feel varying degrees of willingness to go to therapy or counseling. However, with patience and time, you will start to see how working with a professional can positively impact your family’s mental health.
Getting support is an essential first step for families going through something difficult together. At Thriveworks Counseling in Grand Prairie, TX, we’ll work to make sure the process is as comfortable as possible as we help your family find a happier and healthier place.
The Benefits of Family Therapy or Counseling
There are many different therapeutic methods that can help families heal together. The specific methodologies that you encounter in your sessions will depend partially on the type of therapy your provider practices, including:
- Family systems therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Functional family therapy
- Supportive family therapy
Once a therapist or counselor gets to know you and your family during your initial sessions, they’ll be able to develop a treatment plan. Understanding who your family is and each member’s perspective on your issues allows your provider to create a treatment plan that accommodates the unique needs of your family and the issues you’re facing.
There are many benefits to receiving this structured and individualized care. The skills learned in family therapy or counseling sessions can apply to other areas in your life. Some of the skills taught in family therapy sessions include:
- Boundary-setting skills
- Improved communication and listening skills
- Clear familial roles
- Stronger relationships
- Developing trust
- Problem-solving tools and coping abilities
At Thriveworks Counseling in Grand Prairie, TX, you can opt to attend your sessions either in-person or online. This format makes sure that sessions are accessible for every member of your family, whether they’re located near or far.
Family Therapy Appointments Available at Thriveworks in Grand Prairie, TX
When you and your family are ready to overcome your challenges and grow together, working with a mental health professional from Thriveworks Counseling in Grand Prairie, TX, can help. Call our office or use our online appointment scheduling tool to set up your first appointment.
When you call, our scheduling experts can set you up with an appointment at a convenient time, including weekend and evening sessions. New clients can get started extremely quickly — often within 24-48 hours after calling.
We also accept most major forms of insurance and offer additional membership benefits such as:
- Phone and email access to your counselor between sessions
- Text support for scheduling and billing
- 24-hour Q+A support with a life coach
- Access to our Therapy Buddy mobile app
Consider reaching out to a professional from Thriveworks Counseling in Grand Prairie, TX if your family is going through a difficult time. Call our office today to get started.